Expertise & research centre in Location Intelligence

The new ERC focusses finding ways for the smart processing of all the data collected in the agrifood and living environment domains. This involves linking more and more data to a location, in the form of a ‘map’. This enables us to create smart connections and come up with better, new and surprising insights. The ERC is aimed at boosting these developments and translating them into practical topics for consideration at an undergraduate level.

Sensors, satellites and smartphones

During the past few decades, considerable work has been carried out in the geo-sector to develop a solid foundation, including in the form of digital maps. The sector is currently changing at a rapid pace: sensors, smartphones and satellites mean we receive a multitude of real-time data. The main question is: what can we do with it all? The potential benefits are unprecedented and the applications seem limitless.

Research profile

The relatively new study programme Geo Media & Design at HAS University of Applied Sciences focusses on the application issues specific to the green domain. As there is limited applied research being carried out in the geo-sector as yet, HAS joined forces with the representatives from the sector to develop a research profile in Location Intelligence. The new ERC will help expand this research profile.

The location as a connecting factor

In addition to being the professor behind this ERC, Theo Thewessen is also a director of Geodan, a company that develops IT solutions based on location intelligence concepts to benefit the development in the environment. According to Theo, location can be a connecting factor in solving social issues. For example: The food supply chain is under pressure, for example as a result of unnecessary transport. Location intelligence contributes to solutions in which food is delivered directly from the producer to the consumer on a local scale.

The smart green space

Smart farming is high on the ERC agenda and will be developed further during the coming years. Location is becoming more important and new lines of research are being established under this ERC. Another priority is the somewhat futuristic concept of the smart city. Supporters assume that the city can be a type of ecosystem that manages itself, controlled by mobile sensors linked, for example, to intelligent self-driving cars - smart mobility. We can learn from concepts like these and connect them to the ‘smart’ green space.